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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Mitchel Jerry"<email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 20:06:21 +0100
Subject: From Mrs. Mitchel
Dear Beloved one, Good day my dear and may God bless you, My name is Mrs=
. Mitchel Jerry Lawson from United States of America. I am married to late =
Dr. Jerry Lawson who worked with USA embassy in Cote D'ivoire for nine year=
s before he died in the year October 2014. We were married for twenty years=
without no child. He died after an illness that lasted for long one year. =
Before his death we were both a good christian.My late husband before he di=
ed sold his inherited family company and deposited the sum of $30 million w=
ith one of the banks in Cote D'ivoire. Presently, this money is still with =
the bank in Cote D'ivoire. I have been diagnose with Esophageal cancer,Rece=
ntly my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next one month due to =
my cancer Problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund =
to a good individual That will use this money to the orphanage and helpless=
poor children. I am presently placed on dialysis check up and will not n=
eed telephone communication most of the time because of my heath.I am not a=
fraid of death because I know where I am going to. I know that I am going t=
o be in the bosom of the Lord. I do not want your telephone communication i=
n this regard because of my health and because of the presence of the peopl=
e around me always. I don't want any of my husband family relatives to rece=
ive this money because they poisoned and killed my husband to take away all=
we have laboured for.
With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall g=
ive you the contact of the bank in Cote D'ivoire. I will also register your=
name and introduce you to the bank that will make you as the new beneficia=
ry of this money so that the bank will recognize you and advise you what to=
do for the successful transfer of this money to your account to enable use=
the money to the orphanage homes and the poor helpless children in the str=
eet. Nowadays there are so much scams going on in the internet and it is di=
fficult to trust but i don't know why the Holy spirit still approved me to =
email you about this out of few email addresses i have from the internet, y=
ours was the only one that my mind convinced me to contact.
Waiting for your reply.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Mitchel Jerry Lawson